Kyndra Sanden, Staff Writer
Society has this idea that all college students are the same. They all love to party, sleep in late, skip class because they can and put their grades at the end of their priorities. That may be the case for some college students, but not for everyone on Wingate’s campus.
John Deluca, a junior nursing student from Durham, has bigger and brighter plans for his college career: clinching his National Physique Committee Professional card. “It would definitely be a long process, but I’d love to make money competing someday,” said Deluca.
John, a former Wingate baseball player, who decided to hang-up the jersey and focus more on his grades is now a regionally ranked physique competitor. Physique competitions are about proper shape and symmetry combined with muscularity and the overall condition of one’s body.
This is different from a bodybuilding contest because it primarily focuses on aesthetics and muscle definition rather than size. The regimen of living this lifestyle is not only difficult, but it is also demanding especially when the competitor is a college student who lives on campus with limited resources.
Deluca began his physique career in his childhood home in the basement. Growing up, John was always active playing football and baseball. His parents, Steve and Beverly Deluca also have a passion for being fit while raising healthy children. John’s sister, Melissa, was also an athlete who eventually went on to play volleyball here at Wingate.
The fitness and health lifestyle soon became a family affair. While growing up around weight equipment, John was able to learn a few things from his dad. Eventually, fitness turned into his passion.
John’s daily routine here on campus begins in the early morning with a lot of food, going to class, gym time and studying. For breakfast every single day he eats four eggs, two egg whites, and one cup of sugar free oatmeal.
For lunch and dinner he usually goes to both the café and Klondike. In the café, his meal consists of two turkey patties plain, a spinach chicken wrap and sometimes a protein option that is available. In the ‘Dike, John will order the same chicken wrap and a power bar. “You really have to put down a lot of clean calories if you want to gain weight, which works out nicely for me because I love to eat,” said Deluca.
Since John eats every three hours, he also prepares meals in his apartment. This includes Chicken, tilapia, sweet potatoes, and protein shakes. “It helps to look at food as a source of energy rather than a treat. Then, once you start seeing results it gets addicting,” said Deluca.
For his workouts, John trains a different part of the body every single day. For example, some days he only works his chest, and others he only does shoulders. He works out his core every other day and takes a rest day once a month. He rarely does cardio, and if he does it is when he plays basketball with his roommates. “I just love lifting weights. There’s this bad perception of guys who work out every day. It’s not about trying to be bigger or stronger than the other dudes in there; it’s all about making yourself better,” said Deluca.
On top of all his eating and working out, he manages to find ways to balance out his life. He spends most of his time studying, but he also makes time for his friends. “My roommates have really gotten into lifting over the last couple of years as well, and I love helping them get to where they want to be,” said Deluca.
Deluca has competed in several competitions placing in both. His first show, the GK Classic, was in August of 2014. He entered in the “open class” weighing 175 lbs. He was the youngest competitor on stage out of 9 men. By his surprise, he placed third.
His next competition was the same classic the following summer. This time his division was based on height. He entered the 5’7”-5’10” division that had 15 other competitors. On stage he weighed 190 lbs. This time John came out with the first place finish, a huge trophy and a bag of supplements.
John Deluca is a prime example of how it is possible to live a healthy lifestyle on a college campus.“There are so many different options for people to stay in shape. Whether it is crossfit, powerlifting, distance running, or even Zumba, there’s something out there for everyone to enjoy.” said John. Being healthy does not mean you have to go to John’s extreme diet and routine, but he does show that is it possible.
Edited by Danny Stueber, Brea Childs, Jenna Turner